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Salt Spring South End Route

Boat at sunset off the coast of Salt Spring Island

(John Cameron/Salt Spring Island Tourism photo)

Salt Spring Island

Art Galleries & Artists

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Glass artwork (Danielle Hayes photo)

Salt Spring is internationally recognized for its gifted population of artists and artisans, among them such renowned names as Robert Bateman, Carol Evans and Jill Louise Campbell.

Painters, potters, woodworkers, jewellers, textile artists, fine-art photographers, basket makers and clothing designers abound. Such is Salt Spring's wealth of talent that Coastal Living magazine named the island the top "small arts town in Canada" and one of the top ten such arts colonies in North America.

Studio Tours

Drop into the Visitor Centre in Ganges for an annually updated studio tour map. Then follow the signposts marked by a single sheep to 30-plus home-based studios scattered around the island. Most maintain regular hours during peak (July/August) and shoulder (May/June/September) seasons; all are open by appointment year-round. It's a great way to explore the island, step into some genuinely quaint and charming private homes and meet friendly creatives on their own turf.

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